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Old 04-03-11, 08:00 PM   #1
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Default Antivirus for free or not?

Do you use a free antivirus like AVG, or is it worth investing in the likes of Norton or mcafee?
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Do you use a free antivirus like AVG, or is it worth investing in the likes of Norton or mcafee?
AVG free with no problems on all my laptops.
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Old 04-03-11, 08:14 PM   #3
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AVG free! tis the boyo

you find norton/sophos/mcafee are very in your face and can be insistent on staying on at all times, preventing some programs you may want to run
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i agree with the above...but you may find your ISP will offer there own protection software for so many PC's.

i know for example virgin media offer their own software which uses McAfee.

BT offer for 3/4 Licences for McAfee free if your subscribed to them.

some people say that, that peice of software is taxing on your computer and will slow it down substantially. well my response to that is, have you set it up right ie. switched routine scans off? as jazz says it can stop you using certain software, but that is for your own protection, if you are a complete biff at a computer and always break them and download viruses, its a good thing but it is very easy to set exceptions so it wont stop you.

in my personal opinion i would go with the recommended protection offered by your ISP (if free) if not AVG or Avast are your guys.

in my professional opinion, best way to be protected is to run a MAC or Linux OS. simple reason there are no more than 50 or so recorded viruses (last time i checked) where windows has thousands! but that OS is for no beginer.



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Old 04-03-11, 10:03 PM   #5
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i have used avg free for years without any problems
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I use avast all the time go to cnet.com
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definately, make sure you get the free one.....
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Yep, norton will use alot of RAM, avg is good, another one is microsoft security essentials....
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i use microsoft security essentials on my machines, never had a problem with it
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Old 05-03-11, 08:49 AM   #10
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I have used AVG & Avira for years without any issue & also use Rapport which also helps to protect specific sites which you may use for online banking, or have sensitive information etc which needs protecting.
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